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Etymology: From the Greek pathognomonikos
patho-, as in pathology and -gnomonikos, able to judge, from gnomon, interpreter.
Therefore, pathognomonic means something that allows you to judge with certainty a certain disease (pathology).
Pa*thog`no*mon"ic (?), a. [Gr. skilled in judging of diseases; a disease + skilled: cf. F. pathognomonique. See Gnomic.] Med.
Specially or decisively characteristic of a disease; indicating with certainty a disease; as, a pathognomonic symptom.
The true pathognomonic sign of love jealousy.
© Webster 1913.
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